The CCP virus-related deaths in the United States could reach up to 200,000 people, the government’s top infectious disease expert warned on Sunday, March 29.

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Dr. Anthony Fauci—director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that the virus pandemic could kill 100,000 to 200,000 Americans, and millions could become infected.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the United States has about 125,000 infections and 2,200 deaths as of Sunday morning, ranking sixth in the global death toll.

Fauci said about 56% of the new infections in the country are coming from the New York City area.

His dire prediction was made as New York, New Orleans, and other major cities warned they would soon run out of medical supplies, according to Reuters.

During the interview, Fauci explained why President Donald Trump decided not to impose a strict quarantine on parts of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

“After discussions with the President we made it clear and he agreed, it would be much better to do what’s called a strong advisory. The reason for that is you don’t want to get to the point that you’re enforcing things that would create a bigger difficulty, morale and otherwise, when you could probably accomplish the same goal,” Fauci said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued the travel advisory on Saturday, urging residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut not to travel domestically for 14 days.

“What you don’t want is people traveling from that area to other areas of the country and inadvertently and innocently infecting other individuals,” Fauci said. “We felt the better way to do this would be an advisory as opposed to a very strict quarantine. And the president agreed, and that’s why he made that determination last night.”

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